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Parents need better day care centres for children in city
Publish Date : 2014-02-10,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 9
Like all other service holder mothers Farzana Huq also prefers day care centers more than keeping her daughter alone with housemaid. As soon as her daughter Safa starts going to a day-care centre she is becoming more social and warm, reports BSS.
Before enrolling Rakin in a day-care centre, Sanjida Laboni has visited many centers, and according to her experience except few centres none is meeting the promises they made; even the standard and quality of service is not satisfactory.
But a good relationship is identified between the age of children with their duration of staying and taking services from these centres.
According child psychotherapists, consistent and good daycares may ensure adequate early childhood education for children of less skilled parents. From a parental perspective, good day-care can complement good parenting.
A report shows that children in high-quality care scored higher on tests of language, memory and other skills than children of stay-at- home mothers or children in lower-quality daycares.
Childcare quality has been described as a slippery and multifaceted construct that requires careful measurement and interpretation. Childcare can be regarded as a service to parents; away of enhancing children's development; and part of a broad range of services to children and parents.
That's why every daycare center must ensure some basic logistics like sufficient number of attendants. The attendants should be trained in child rearing. It should be ensured that each child gets balanced diet and safe drinking water.
The day-care centres can undertake different approaches based around psychosocial development through play. At least one full time physician should be available to take care of ill children. Hygienic sanitation system must be ensured.
Working parents' aspirations for work and childcare have led policy makers to consider a variety of childcare initiatives with the dual aim of supporting parents for work and providing a solid foundation for early learning and development for children.
In fulfilling growing demand for daycare centers for children of working parents, the government has undertaken various measures to this end.
With this in view, the provision of setting up a day-care centre at every organization employing at least 25 women has been incorporated in the 1995 labour laws. The government is considering lowering the number of female employees to 20.
The Department of Social Service established a day-care centre at Azimpur, Dhaka in 1962 with a capacity of 50 inmates.
The working mothers keep their kids in the said centre without any cost and take them away at the end of their working hours.
The centre provides care, protection, food, security, recreation, play group standard education for these children.
Being inspired by this initiative of the DSS, a good number of such centres have been established in the city areas both by public and private managements. This arrangement of rearing babies has helped the poor working mothers to continue their jobs safely, which have ultimate effect on the poverty of the poor mother.
The government currently runs 32 daycare centers across the country, including seven centers opened in July. Aparajeyo Bangladesh, an NGO, runs 12 day-care centres in capital Dhaka. Costs in the centres differ. At state-run centres, one has to pay 250 taka in admission fee plus 300 taka a month for a baby's 8:30am to 4:30pm stay. At private centers, taka 500 to 1,000 is needed against an inmate
for half-day. Babies, aged between six months and six years, are usually accepted.
In comparing with the services of both private and public centres, the private centres are in a good position though they are charging a good amount. In most of the government day-care centres the number of attendants is poor and they are not trained in childcare. Only a few government day care centres have physicians.

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